A case report of radiopharmaceutical needlestick injury with scintigraphic imaging and dose quantification.

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Elliott, James and Weatherley, Mariq 2022. A case report of radiopharmaceutical needlestick injury with scintigraphic imaging and dose quantification. Radiology Case Reports. 17 (5), pp. 1718-1721. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.radcr.2022.02.055
AuthorsElliott, James and Weatherley, Mariq
AbstractAttention to the implications of common needle stick injuries has focused heavily on the risk of cross-infection from blood-borne pathogens. An additional risk to the nuclear medicine healthcare worker is that of subcutaneous radioactive contamination from radiopharmaceuticals. This case report provides a rare opportunity to examine the clinical and operator causes of one such event during the dispensing of Tc-Tetrofosmin. Contamination monitoring, scintigraphic imaging, and quantification of effective radiation dose provide the level of risk to the operator from the subcutaneous radioactive contamination. Findings demonstrated a very low dose to operator and no deterministic radiobiological effects. Delayed imaging demonstrated negligible biological clearance from the injury site. Implications of the findings for clinical practice are discussed, highlighting the need for a careful and calm approach to radiopharmacy activities. [Abstract copyright: © 2022 The Authors. Published by Elsevier Inc. on behalf of University of Washington.]
KeywordsPreventable injury; Radiopharmacy; Sharps; Contamination; Effective dose
Year2022
JournalRadiology Case Reports
Journal citation17 (5), pp. 1718-1721
ISSN1930-0433
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1016/j.radcr.2022.02.055
https://doi.org/S1930-0433(22)00141-8
Official URLhttps://doi.org/10.1016/j.radcr.2022.02.055
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Online24 Mar 2022
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Accepted19 Feb 2022
Deposited13 Apr 2022
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